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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Bill Keller
Executive Editor, The New York Times, 2003-2011
KQED 05/13/2014
Narrator: (In the fall of 2004) Executive Editor Bill Keller met with the President's top advisors: Condoleezza Rice, General Hayden, Alberto Gonzales and others, who insisted to Keller that revealing the existence of the program would endanger national security. Keller: I had a consensus of everybody that we had contact with in the administration that this would be an extremely dangerous thing to do. These were serious people, a consensus across the board of those who talked to us that it was going to be dangerous, a level of stridency that was quite impressive. And after much discussion, decided that we weren't ready to go with it. Narrator: Keller spiked the story. The White House had prevailed. The program would remain a well-kept secret.
Bill Keller
Executive Editor, The New York Times, 2003-2011
KQED 05/13/2014
Narrator: The President then played his trump card, threatening that the New York Times would be responsible for the next attack. Keller: He said, you know, "Listen, if you guys publish this article and there is another 9/11, we're going to be called before Congress to explain how we failed to prevent it, and you should be in the chair beside us explaining, because you'll be complicit in allowing damage to our country." He was saying, in effect, "You, Arthur Sulzberger, will have blood on your hands if there's another attack that could've been prevented by this program." I think anybody would feel goosebumps.
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